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Walmart Manager: Abingdon Store Could Move Next Year

Store representatives recently met with county officials.

Walmart representatives are eyeing a move for their Abingdon store to the intersection of Maryland Route 924 and Plumtree Road by next year, an assistant store manager told Patch. Discussions are preliminary, but employees already met with their market manager about transitioning to a superstore.

“He [the market manager] said nothing’s final yet,” said Rosali Sheets, an assistant manager. “The rumor is in 2012 we’ll be moving to [924 and Plumtree].”

Company representatives recently met with county officials, Harford County Planning and Zoning Director Pete Gutwald said. They held a "scoping meeting" to inquire about “a traffic impact study near the site at Plumtree next to the Festival,” he said.

“They came in to just establish the boundaries and requirements for a traffic study on that site. That’s the only thing they’ve done so far,” Gutwald said.

Although Sheets emphasized that nothing is finalized, she said a new building would be constructed.

“Everybody’s saying, ‘Yeah, we’re going.’ [But] nobody knows for sure,” said Sheets, adding that the existing building would be sold.

“It’s sort of in a preliminary phase,” Gutwald said. “They’re evaluating the cost and the requirement [to move], what it would cost to rebuild, what it would cost to expand on the existing site.”

Karl Schuub April 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM
And secondly don't care how the city/county "fathers" have zoned this. Don't be a horse led around by the nose. If they didn't think everybody would flock to a certain location out of convenience they wouldn't move there. The folks in Forest Hill fought the discount store up there to no avail. Every time I go by the parking lot is full. Want to save your neighborhood; shop only in areas where there are already stores...might take you a couple minutes more but isn't it worth it? Of course it is...
Monica April 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM
There just can't be enough Wal-Marts. Keep building!!
Amy McClure April 21, 2012 at 02:22 AM
So true!
Chase Imbatman Adams July 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I was told that Outdoor World is going where the Walmart is in Abingdon.
Denise Adkins July 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I agree with 100% Brett. Coming home from work on 924 around 4 o'clock and on is a disaster. I can't imagine anymore traffic on that road and 24 isn't any better. I also agree with the crime rate factor. Bel Air has done well keeping it down and we don't need a Walmart to bring it in.

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